Eric and I watched Battlestar Galactica: Razor just before Christmas. I was incredibly disappointed. Many spoilers ahead.
The arc with the Pegasus and Admiral Cain was one of my favorite parts of Season 2. I saw Admiral Cain as Adama’s dark shadow – she had had similar challenges and tests, but failed and paid for it with her humanity. It also got deeper into a perennial theme of BSG – what is a person? In the first season, President Roslin does not hesitate to toss a Cylon out of an airlock. Does this mean that Admiral Cain is within her rights to torture another Cylon?
I was hoping that Razor would be a kind of Shakespearean tale of Admiral Cain’s fall. Hell, her name is Cain in a show fraught with Biblical symbolism. Sadly, Razor totally failed. Instead of telling the tale of Cain’s fall since the Cylon attack it gave her a cheesy and pat childhood trauma backstory. Instead of getting into the question of whether a robot can be a person, Razor turned Admiral Cain’s torture of Number 6 into a brutal lover’s revenge. And instead of telling an alternate story of the Cylon attacks, Razor does a paint-by-number retelling of what is narrated in Season 2 and wastes time on an unnecessary flashback from the “present” (which takes place from the end of Season 2).
Anyway, I found very little redeeming about Razor, though I did enjoy spending time in the BSG universe (especially with Starbuck before they ruined her character with crappy soap opera romance). What did you fellow geeks out there think? And do you think Season 4 is going to be any good?